“To have met Gary Oldman is to be all the more impressed with his Churchill,” says the film writer of this month’s cover star, who plays the wartime leader in Darkest
Hour. “In person, Oldman is shy, dry and just a touch
sly, the kind of workingclass south Londoner who voted Winston out in 1945.” Thomson is the author, most recently, of Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio
(Yale University Press).